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STA Level 2 Award Open Water Coaching Qualification 

| In Person | 

| Aviemore, Scottish Highlands | Blackpool, North West | Anglesey, Wales |

Open Water is the fastest growing swimming activity within the UK and many more people are taking part in open water swimming events.  As an open water swimming coach, you will be responsible for planning, coaching, and evaluating swimmers in a session in an open water environment. 

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for providing open water swimming sessions.  You will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a session effectively.

You will be able to coach a range of swimming abilities from novice open water swimmers through to those who are training for a specific open water event.  As an open water coach, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of your swimmers in the open water environment as well ensuring the equipment used is safe and fit for purpose.

You will be qualified to coach sessions in an open water environment in which you are competent and experienced in.  You will not be able to coach swimmers for an event in which you are not experience in.

Where can I take this course?

In person courses take place in one of two locations: 

  • Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

  • Blackpool, North West England

  • Anglesey, Wales

Course Dates: COMING SOON!

Length of Course: 3 days

Cost: £475

You will need to provide your own travel and accommodation. 

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Pre-course requirements!

To take the Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching Qualification, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold current membership of STA 

  • Submit a brief summary of your open water swimming experience this can be either a completion certificate from an open water event, or the official timings, if you haven’t done an event then a witness statement from someone you regularly swim with would be ideal. 

  • Hold either a Level 2 qualification in either swimming teaching, coaching or triathlon coaching

  • Learners who do not hold a Level 2 qualification must complete the open water swimming coaching online up-skill programme

Each day of this course will have an in water practical element with the final day's in water element  being ‘assessed’ as part of your competence.  You are required to complete a course portfolio and participate in classroom discussions and activities as part of your qualification.  This will include completing a full site risk assessment, three session plans for different types of swimmers!

Allow around 3-4 hours for completion of your coursework. 

Day 1: 9:30am - 5pm

  • Introducing Swimmers to the Open Water

  • How to be an open water coach & SWIM principles of coaching

  • Introduction to open water equipment

  • Recreational open water skills including safe entries and exits and treading water

  • Session planning

  • Practical open water coaching session

Day 2: 9:30am - 5pm

  • Open water legislation 

  • Open water environment and venue types

  • Risk assessing and emergency planning

  • Stroke techniques

  • Open water safety code

  • Practical open water coaching session

Day 3: 9:30am - 3pm

  • Open water skills 

  • Open water conditions

  • Weather conditions and considerations

  • Pool to open water

  • Open water events 

  • Practical open water coaching session

After the course:

What you'll be able to do:

On completion of your Level 2 Open Water Coaching course you will have the required qualification to coach a variety of swimmers in the open water from 121's to groups.  

You will have the confidence you need to coach all levels of swimmers to achieve their goals in a safe manner and environment! 

Ongoing support after the course:

All coaches will have the opportunity to access ongoing support long after the course has been completed.  

My exclusive BTW Coaching Facebook group is a place to ask questions, get support both practically and morally and gives you the opportunity to connect with other coaches across the UK who have completed the course with Beyond the Water.